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Colin Kaepernick - Citizen of the Year? American Hero? More Like, the Squeaky Wheel Getting the Grease?

Updated on February 15, 2019
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Sports should be followed, played, enjoyed, shared among generations. Yes to good fun, rivalries, bringing us together; No to the politics

Citizen of the Year

How does one become Citizen of the Year?

What are the makings of a good citizen?

Are there certain qualifications and is every citizen eligible?

When I was a kid, I remember being in Sunday School and hearing the story about the Good Samaritan for the first time.

It had an impact on me and has always stayed with me.

In my mind, I immediately equated being a Good Samaritan with being a good citizen, a good neighbor, a kind and giving person.

You know, that whole Golden Rule and Mister Rogers thing!

Back then and thinking about it today, I guess I've never really backed away from that original thought...which was incorrect.

After all, a citizen is simply someone that has been born within the borders of a particular Country or goes through the legal process of becoming a citizen of a particular Country.

Citizens are not asked to go out of their way.

They are not required to help or assist anyone.

They need not go above and beyond.

There are no kindness prerequisites.

Basically, all that is really expected of 'a citizen' is that they keep their nose clean.

Looking back and thinking about it now, I've been expecting way too much out of the every day citizen and out of my neighbors!

I've obviously had some very high and unrealistic expectations.

Seeing the man chosen as 'Citizen of the Year', has jarred me....(nowadays, it is nearly a daily occurrence!)

Judging by the printed words on the GQ magazine cover, Colin Kaepernick is not only the 'Citizen of the Year', he is Who's Who in America, a man among 'Men of the Year' and a man among 'The New American Heroes'.


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

{Condensed} A Jewish man was walking along a road. On his journey he was beaten, stripped of his clothes and left bleeding.

A Priest came by, crossed to the other side of the road, pretending not to see, he continued on his way.

A Levite came by, (a Priest's assistant) acknowledging the existence of the bleeding man, he slowed, but continued on his way.

Finally, a Samaritan (not liked by the Jewish people) came by, attended to the man's wounds and took him out of harm's way, into safety.

Why not Rob Jones on the GQ cover?

Rob Jones

Rob Jones, a double amputee, just completed 31 marathons, in 31 cities, within 31 days.

This huge undertaking ended on Veteran's Day 2017. Appropriately, because this was not about him, but rather an intent and a purpose to support and assist Veterans.

Hopefully, in his Journey, he gained some self-satisfaction seeing this through, but judging from the couple of interviews I've seen, any thought of self, was fleeting.

It wasn't enough for him to Serve this great Country, it was not enough for him to lose both of his legs in Service to this Country...because it is not about him, it's about him doing for others!

I see Rob Jones as a great Citizen and certainly as a great American Hero.

He is among my American Heroes!

Why not Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones?

Why not this American hero, Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones, although he doesn't see himself as such. He too, became a double amputee in service to this Country and he too.....refuses to quit on this Country that he so loves!

No pity parties for him, no time for that, he is much too busy spreading the good news, calling out the Colin Kaepernicks of this world and enjoying life to the fullest, in the greatest Country that God gave man.

Why not these enterprising young men on the GQ cover?

Tyrell Brown and Ed Ford Jr.

These young men are childhood friends and they have a love and a passion for Politics. It wasn't enough that they were President and Vice-President of their Senior class, they've gone on to broader horizons and bigger things.

Both, only 20 years of age, just won seats in recent elections in Connecticut.

Mr. Brown was elected to Planning and Zoning in his community and Mr. Ford won a seat on the School Board in the very same District where he attended public school.

They've yet to prove themselves, they'll be attending College and Serving the Public all at the same time...they'll have their work cut out for them, but I have huge respect for these young men.

I'd definitely call them great citizens. They want to make a difference within their State and within their Community and after that...who knows, the sky's the limit!

I am sure they're already role models and heroes to many children in their former schools and in their community.

They are on my list of American Heroes!


Why aren't these men, (Heroes without Capes) on the GQ cover?

Johnny Langendorff and Stephen Willeford

These two men were instrumental in saving lives, as they ended the murderous shooting spree of one very evil individual.

Mr. Willeford heard the shooting in the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church and reacted by rushing in and taking action. He shot and injured the evil gunman, assuring that he'd not be shooting any other person in that little country church on that day. He then caught up with Mr. Langendorff, a stranger with a car, explained what was happening and together they chased down the bad guy, who had fled the scene. Their persistence caused bad guy to end his own pathetic life.

These two men exemplify all that it means to be a good Citizen, a good Neighbor, an American Hero and most definitely....a Good Samaritan!


They are my American Heroes!

In Conclusion

I confess, I did not read the article on the reasons why Colin K. was selected.

I've only seen the magazine cover, I have not opened it.

From all I've seen from Colin K. beginning in 2016, he has been a huge disappointment:

  • He has taken his moment in the sun and dissed this Country
  • He has taken his moment in the spotlight, an opportunity to be a great role model for young boys and girls and though it's not physical, he has done them great harm. (I'll never get past the images of young Pee Wee football players taking a knee during the National anthem, so that they too, could be like Colin)
  • He has placed wedges
  • He has taken Patriotism/Love of Country and stood (no pun intended) it on its head
  • His unchallenged actions, have turned off many football fans and he has destroyed many dreams

He may talk, I've, personally, never heard him speak, but his actions speak louder than words.

I've only seen his angry scowl on the sidelines, while on his knee during the National Anthem and now this photo of his angry scowl on the cover of a magazine.

This is how I'll always remember him. I know all I need to know of him, from the cover.

Just as the Parable of the Good Samaritan has always stayed with me, Colin K's story will always stay with me, but as it really is and not as anything more!

© 2017 A B Williams

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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 days ago from Central Florida

      Why not Coach Kennedy?

      A Marine Veteran, an assistant High school football Coach, who dared to thank God for keeping these kids safe throughout the game.

      But, no....unselfish people like Coach Kennedy are reprimanded,...and worse, while people like CK are applauded and praised.

      How screwed up is that?

      https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.t...

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      I came across this article by Allen West this morning and thought...this is the type of article, which should be shared.

      Then I thought...I know exactly where it belongs.

      Love this!

      https://theoldschoolpatriot.com/roll-tide-a-story-...

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      This morning, almost simultaneously, I came across this story (see below) and I heard that Colin Kaepernick is being considered by a couple of NFL teams.

      Sharing, because this just rubbed me the wrong way! :(

      https://www.theblaze.com/video/coach-who-was-fired...

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      AB attempting to remain optimistic, not ready to give up on the people of this Nation....Nah!! :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes AB I think you are expecting way too much of common citizens. Like the fact you wrote out the Good Samaritan rather than thinking we all knew.

      I have had the pleasure of addressing congregations and juries. Most jut sit there and get lead around. And there attention span is small than your smallest finger nail.

      It is what it is. Read Facebook if you dare.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Hopefully it hasn't reached 90 percent Eric, but a lot of people are not paying any attention to the things which really matter, too many insignificant obstacles are intentionally placed in their line of sight. :(

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting stuff. I wonder if 90 percent of America has now gotten to "who cares"?

    • profile image

      5 months ago

      Yeah, and “ Here’s your sign”

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Here's your answer T.....

      "Um, I am just here holding a sign."

      Priceless.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      “They need their scripts ...” I know yet they really think all those things are what’s important, not thinking for yourself it questioning anything they read from the left. Brad and I can never get straight answers to questions we ask and when I said to one loon what policies are the dems running on he parrots vague left wing talking points....well, here it is

      “My policies for the Democratic party and for our country, yes our country not just yours, is a government that serves all. Not just the wealthy corporations.”

      Wow that’s a policy? That’s a talking point! How to do it is a policy.

      “A government that will reinforce our social safety net and not destroy it.”

      Again a talking point not how to do it”

      “A government that will embrace all peoples and not one, such as this Trump administration, that preys on those that seek a yesteryear of hate and bigotry.”

      Another talking point which is a lie and certainly not a policy!

      When I say all you are doing is parroting left wing talking points he declares left wing talking are grrrreat! Here is what he said:

      As for talking points, they are not just Democratic, they are well thought over and studied. Why do you two have to dismiss anyone out of hand who does not agree with you?

      Totally ignoring my point they are not policies in order to raise the straw man that we dismiss people because they don’t agree with us which never happened once in the discussion! Asking him to answer the question or to acknowledge facts is dismissing him?

      You see this is just one of millions of examples why you can not have a cogent or honest discussion with his ilk. They are just damaged goods. Their idea of a discussion is how many tactics can be used to avoid getting at the truth because everything they believe is based on lies.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      That’s very odd.....but then, she’s a lib, soooo!

      Speaking of libs....did you see the clip, where a protesting lib is questioned about why he has a problem with Kavanaugh?

      He says, “Um, I am just here holding a sign.”

      Does this not tell us all we need to know about the left?

      Here’s my beef....whether it’s Leslie (Love), clueless guy with the sign, disrupters at hearings, Colin Kaepernick....they are not sure why they are angry, they just are. Can’t prove claims of racism, sexism, etc., but that doesn’t stop them from accusing.

      They need their scripts, talking points, pre-made signs and tools, in order to continually be used by the Left. They are pawns and that should be their real gripe.

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      Paula 

      5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      T.....? "Something strange," you say? How about bizarre, hilarious & disturbing, to say the least? I mentioned this oddity quite a while back as I questioned the point of such hysteria. Her explanation was that she indulged in this lengthy comment thread to herself as a means to keep a private record of her superb handle on the state of the U.S. political affairs (or some such gibberish)

      Yes, in some circles of the sane, this "record" is referred to as a journal......(the notebook we might keep in our night stand drawer.) Only in Leslie's world, does private self-talk appear on a public forum, droning on and on for hours.

      (But Shhhhh.....let's not intrude on this special little thing Leslie's got going with Leslie.)

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      You know there is something strange going on when a Hubber publishes a hub page and the only comments

      for the most part it has is HUNDREDS of HER OWN comments on her own hub page.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/E-I-Borwhatlimbauh...

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Lol....Yes that would definitely be her scene!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      Yeah, I listened to some clips of the loons screaming and making fools of themselves and all I could do in my mind is imagine it was Leslie up there throwing a hissy fit.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      How does this happen? How does this loser become the face of Nike?

      Sports used to be all about being winners! Is that a bad word now....offensive? It is so hard to keep up!

      While I am venting..... how are so many squawking, screeching losers able to get into the Kavanaugh hearings....for the sole purpose of disrupting? Hmmm?

      This is all so very embarrassing!

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      Paula 

      5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Just let me say this as respectfully and eloquently as possible.............

      WHAT A F- - - ING GOON!!!!

      But I'll bet his head works great for clearing spider webs!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      lol ...the one with the growing belt buckle cracks me up.

      Whoever came up with this one...very clever and funny!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

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      Tsadjatko 

      5 months ago

      You have a point, if they are that desperate they may forego the qualifications I mentioned however I don’t think they will nominate him because he hasn’t been caught in multiple lies which as we have seen Bill Clinton, Hiliary, Obama, all were established liars before they took up the mantle - it is a primary requirement of all Democrat leaders.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Whine and Divide......yes, he's qualified!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      I can’t see it, he doesn’t have a history of sexual abuse, hasn’t violated any national security laws nor does he have any connections to avowed communists or domestic terrorists. I really don’t think he is qualified to head the Democrat party... do you?

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      You don't agree T.....that CK is the perfect candidate to represent the Democratic Party?

      Would Clinton or Biden be okay riding shotgun though?

      Nah...the new spokesperson of the left, David Hogg, says they're too old. It will have to be Alexandria Orcasio-Cortez for VP.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      Colin Kaepernick - Citizen of the Year? American Hero?

      Kaepernick 2020?

      https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/14193588_f1024....

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Citizen of the year

      American hero

      The face of Nike

      Just DO IT....

      Lefties need search no more, look no further

      Kaepernick 2020

      Here are some ideas for the campaign:

      Are you all about making everything political, placing wedges, undoing progress where it actually matters?

      Are you easily offended... especially by words and phrases that you've heard and used your entire life, without issue, ....until now?

      Do you prefer Americans label themselves, identify by the color of their skin, play the victim card?

      Do you prefer hyphens (this type-American/that type-American) over just being.... an American?

      Take the plunge

      Just DO IT

      Colin 2020

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Is the 'Citizen of the Year' still playing ball?

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      I understand that when he received the Legacy Award, the words "personal sacrifice" and "selfless" were used.

      I just have one question, what has C.K. sacrificed?

      (Actually I have two questions)

      Has the definition of selfless changed?

      Didn't he just win some other award? (Alright...three questions)

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      Another award for Colin Kaepernick.

      He is the recipient of the Sports Illustrated Muhammed Ali Legacy Award, which signifies a lifetime of achievement.

      Has 'achievement' taken on a new meaning?

      How about 'greatness', does it mean something entirely different now?

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Also, while on the subject of Colin K.

      In light of the recent violence, (deadly in most cases) against Law Enforcement, bringing us this type of Headline:

      'Police officer deaths on duty have jumped nearly 20 percent in 2017', I'm just speculating here...deranged individual hears Colin Kaepernick, who has said things such as, "this Country oppresses black people.", "there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave, getting away with murder."

      Photographed while wearing socks with the image of pigs in police hats.

      Is it possible that aforementioned sick individual might believe the words and actions of the Citizen of the Year?

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Citizen K must be so proud of student Marshawn Lynch...dissing America...in Mexico by sitting for our Anthem and then standing for Mexico's.

      CK must be beaming under that scowl!

      Here's a thought, disgruntled NFL players; not happy here, constantly living in fear, not 'feeling the freedom'?

      Seeking Sanctuary in Mexico may be the answer to your prayers...um er... Grievances!

      However, you'll have to go through proper channels.

      Heads up CK... I don't think they'll allow just anyone to become Citizen of the year. Just sayin'

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Pop!

      Yes, I too long for that day.

      I'll never forget my Dad telling about his heroes/his role models, who happened to play for the Red Sox back in the late 40's/early 50's. (Take a look at the 1949 Red Sox roster)

      He became a fan of the character of the Players first and then...became a fan of the team!

      Because of his childhood memories and the way his eyes would light up anytime the subject would come up, (they still do) I'm a big fan of the Red Sox and always have been, although we hail from the south.

      I want my grandchildren to have that!

      Have a wonderful day.

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      breakfastpop 

      15 months ago

      Thanks for this well written hub. You said what needed to be said. If CK is a role model, then we are in deep trouble. This is a very ugly time in our history, and a very important and pivotal time, as well. The CK's have to take a back seat to the really good citizens like those you wrote about. I long for that day, because it will mean we have regained our moral compass.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Tim-

      Yes CK could be such a great role model with the exposure he's had. He could be the difference-maker in a kid's life....what could be any more rewarding than that, right?

      As I stated earlier, I'd love for him to earn this!

      Thanks for the nomination! ;)

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      Tim Truzy 

      15 months ago from U.S.A.

      Awesome article. Trust me, Abwilliams, the citizens you mentioned are "heroes." What about those unnamed men and women who work behind the scenes within the system to improve the system? They are like the people you mentioned, not interested in photo opts.

      You are right: there are good and bad cops. There are good and bad people in every field. Hurrah! K.C. for bringing attention to a subject most Americans are familiar with, but I want the money you have. Hurrah for that!

      How many homeless shelters could I build? How many young men and women could I put through college? Or how many youth could I train to run legitimate businesses?

      Another sports super star, La Bron James does that sort of thing in Cleveland. Magic Johnson. Michael Jordan - they do these things quietly, also.

      I nominate Abwilliams for citizen of the month.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      I have no doubt that at times, Police Officers take things too far. There are some people that should not be Police Officers; they lose their cool too easily, they are paranoid, whatever....

      There are situations (probably every situation) where Officers fear for their safety, the suspect fails to heed warnings or makes sudden moves when they are asked not to. I sure as heck would not want their job!

      I'll not make excuses for the hotheads, but I'll not lump all Police Officers into one category of "deplorable" either.

      We do not always know all of the details and it's easy for us to pass judgement and jump to conclusions.

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      JOC 

      15 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      Here are some examples of the violence against citizens: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/19/us/...

      So, yeah, there are cases where no one was pretending anything and citizens died.

      I can agree with you that his mode of protest is blurring his message because many patriotic people find that mode offensive. It's clearly not the most effective way to get your point across and get support for your cause, by offending people. And perhaps that should be the basis for why the excellent list you put together would be better cases for Citizen of the Year.

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      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      JOC – “Recently, they changed the rule to make players stand, but when the protest started, it was a should, not a must”

      That is wordplay, the intent when the old rule was written, implied that you will do what is noted, and it even explains the reasons for it.

      “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

      During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

      -- NFL’s rules governing the National Anthem, found on pages A62-63 of the NFL Game Operations Manual –

      JOC – “Colin is bringing attention to this with his silent, peaceful protest. I can respect that, he's using kneeling as a vehicle to protest violence because as a country, we should be better than killing our own unarmed citizenry. He's not saying he hates the United States.”

      What he actually said was – “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. There are bodies in the street and people getting away with murder.”

      In addition, he wore sox as a 49ers player, while on the football field in uniform, with pig faces wearing a police hat on them.

      So he made is position pretty clear… he has opinions about the flag and what it represents, he also had opinions on politicians, white people, and so on.

      Another of his quotes – “You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids 'super predators,' a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally. That doesn't make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?”

      And – “I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.”

      From a man making tens of millions of dollars to play a game, that had to be tough on him. Wonder what he did with all that money? Help out the ‘oppressed’ maybe? Donate to inner city programs perhaps?

      I just don’t see where he is so deserving of any particular achievement award, but I am sure it gets people talking about the magazine and helps them sell it.

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      You've barely given a mention to the Outstanding Citizens I've highlighted, as you try your absolute best to make the case for a man that doesn't seem to stand for much of anything.

      We'll never agree on C.K.!

      Have a nice day JOC Valeant.

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      I do not know of, I don't see it, I don't hear about... all of these cases of Police going around shooting innocent people.

      It is not happening and yet....

      You, Colin and others are pretending it is happening and that's why Colin and others take a knee during the National Anthem? (I guess it continues, I've stopped watching football)

      Abortion really is responsible for the majority of deaths in the black community.

      That's a Truth, not a Fallacy!

      If he really does give a damn, his focus should be there!!!

      As far as Trump goes, you brought him into this, I did not.

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      JOC 

      15 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      So suing your employer once makes you a bad person, got it. But a man involved in 3,500 litigation cases is good. That's the point I was trying to make with my previous statement. Seems a bit inconsistent.

      And Colin's actions are the furthest thing from anger and they are in response to one exact thing - police violence against unarmed US citizens. The fact that you can't get your head around that and have brought up mass shootings and now abortion makes one question how well you understand the issues surrounding Kaepernick.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Really Trump has sued his Employers 3,500 times? You are full of information.

      I'll tell you what, when Colin and others... that aren't really sure what they are so angry about, start 'standing up' and speaking out against abortion (the leading cause of death in the black community) I'll take them seriously.

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      JOC 

      15 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      I laid out the specific acts of violence Kaep is protesting in my post, those of police against unarmed citizens. Not sure why you are taking it to mass shootings.

      And you're citing something as a rule that was written as a guideline and not an absolute. The word should makes it a guideline. It has been interpreted by those in the NFL that way, so not sure where you're getting it as a firm and fast rule from.

      And what I'm saying is that you're criticizing Kaep for suing based on likely collusion among the owners to keep him out of football and deeming him a bad citizen because of his single lawsuit. And yet, we have a commander in chief who has been involved in 3,500 such occasions. So, logically, what does that say...

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Well one time you're JOC and the next time you're Valeant, so I simplified... you don't like J.V., got it!

      Yes any person that shoots innocent people in churches and at concerts or runs over bikers on bike paths and pedestrians in order to have an even higher body count, is evil. Are these evil acts not what you are referring to when you speak of "protests toward violence"?

      You're also saying Rules are made to be broken and that I shouldn't question his lawsuit, considering who is in the White House.

      Alrighty then. I think we're done here JOC Valeant

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      JOC 

      15 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      Willi - I mean if we're making up odd names for each other, I like this one for you - taking a stand against evil? I laid out why he is kneeling, to protest violence against unarmed citizens. How did you make the jump to 'evil in all of its various forms?' And what was the expense exactly? What did it cost you?

      You have your reasons for standing for the anthem and they are good reasons. But Kaep has his reasons for his protest which harms no one. You will interpret his message how you will, which says as much about you as it does about him.

      And when Kaep was doing his protest, it was not against NFL rules, so let's debunk that one. Here is the passage from their game operations manual: During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.

      Recently, they changed the rule to make players stand, but when the protest started, it was a should, not a must.

      And Kaepernick was far from his prime. He is rated better than many players backing up current teams. And do you really want to be critical of those who file lawsuits, considering who we have in the White House right now?

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Interesting terminology JV. Locker room speak?

      So all of that kneeling business was just Colin K. taking a stand against evil in all of its various forms? In other words, he and others take a stand (by kneeling) to bring awareness to all, that evil exists and they need to do it at the expense of Fans, Lovers of Country, the Country, Veterans, etc.? Interesting!

      Standing for the National Anthem is the Right thing to do. I'd never force you to stand. I'd certainly not want the Gov forcing me to stand, I do it out of Respect for all that have Served, all that have died or have been maimed in Service and all that Serve today, so that I can Stand.

      Additionally, it is in the NFL Rules that Players are to stand. Those in the employ of the NFL are required to stand, if they choose not to follow the rules, they should probably seek employment elsewhere.

      In the case of Colin K., he began to stink at the game, he is past his prime and it is past time, for him to find employ elsewhere, for obvious reasons.

      He should be receiving a Title though...'Spoilsport of the Century', I understand he is suing the NFL and Team Owners.

      Such a fine, upstanding Citizen!

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      JOC 

      15 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      You list good examples of potential Citizen of the Year, for sure. Like Colin, I have been jarred by some of the raw footage of unarmed citizens being killed by police. While I want police to be safe, there are some very trigger happy incidents that have been happening in the past few years.

      Colin is bringing attention to this with his silent, peaceful protest. I can respect that, he's using kneeling as a vehicle to protest violence because as a country, we should be better than killing our own unarmed citizenry.

      He's not saying he hates the United States or anything pertaining to the military. That's what other people have interjected here. Until you've walked a mile in his shoes, what harm is there in his protest? Honestly, the only hurt here is that people are butthurt because they have some notion that standing for the anthem is the right thing to do. I disagree and believe the 1st Amendment should give citizens the right to protest the grievances perceived by those in charge.

      And besides his statement, he has pledged one million dollars of his own money to charities. So he is backing up his action with charitable giving.

      The man is representing a large portion of the country in standing up to violence. He's doing it peacefully. And he's giving charitably while doing so. And he's doing it in the face of those who don't agree with it. There's something there to be respected I feel.

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Eric!

      Yes, as Christians, we're to pray for the weirdos and all.

      I do hope that Colin can some day change and actually be deserving of any praise or respect that he may be receiving today.

      I am sure that you weren't the first to pray for a great game...and will not be the last. It is our nature!

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      excellent, excellent job here. I did just a bit of tearing as I just love stories of my neighbors doing great things.

      Well here is my Christian rub; I "get to" pray for that weirdo also.

      Back a life time ago when I played ball a group of us - more than half the team - got to get together and take a knee and pray for a safe game. I am quite sure that a couple times I prayed that I would have a great game. Confession.

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      A B Williams 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Perhaps Spacey is mentioned within the pages of GQ?

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      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      That's too bad, I thought they would put Kevin Spacey back on the cover, I thought for sure he was getting more headlines lately than Kap.

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